1 new positive COVID-19 case in Routt County | SteamboatToday.com

1 new positive COVID-19 case in Routt County

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A woman who is in her 50s and lives in Routt County has tested positive for COVID-19, public health officials announced Saturday.

The woman was exposed while she was traveling out of state, officials said. She is symptomatic and recovering in isolation.

The individuals who were identified as close contacts of the woman through contact tracing are being tested.

“Our contact tracing efforts indicate there are more contacts per person as restrictions are lifted and residents start moving around the community and state to state,” said Kari Ladrow, Director or Routt County Department of Public Health in a news release.

“We’d like to remind everyone of the importance of the five commitments and a thoughtful and healthy progression during this safer-at-home and in-the-great-outdoors phase,” Ladrow added.

Those five commitments include:

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance
  • Wash your hands often
  • Cover your face in public places
  • Stay at home if you are sick or at risk
  • Seek testing if you have symptoms.

On Friday, Ladrow reported the Routt County Health Department had been contacted by Wyoming’s Sweetwater County Public Health Department about a positive case with connections to Routt County. On Friday, five new cases in Sweetwater County were reported within 24 hours, leading to the precautionary shutdown of a Taco Bell.

Many eyes are on Florida, where on Sunday, 3,494 new COVID-19 cases were reported.

According to data updated Thursday night, positive cases are increasing from two weeks prior in about half the states in the country. Many of those aren’t far away, including South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Kansas.

“Coloradans have done a great job wearing masks when leaving the house, staying physically distant from others and washing our hands, but we are only a few short steps ahead of the virus and we need to do better,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a news release on Saturday. “The data is now starting to show a reversal of some of our gains, the three-day moving average for cases is now going up in our state.”

As of Sunday, there have been a total of 64 positive Routt County residents out of 3,310 tests administered. Among people who do not reside in Routt County but to date tested positive while in the county, there have been five cases.

Over the past week, 87 people were tested at the community testing site at the Howelsen Rodeo Grounds, according to Ladrow. To make an appointment for testing call 970-870-5577.

To reach Kari Dequine Harden, call 970-871-4205, email kharden@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @kariharden.

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